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Assad offers talks with opposition, refuses to quit

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 12, 2013, shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad heading a cabinet meeting in the Presidential palace in Damascus. Assad said he is ready to negotiate with the country'Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a rare interview he is ready to negotiate with the opposition but will not step down, as the UN chief and his Syria envoy offered to broker peace talks between his regime and rebel leaders.